The 37-year-old comedian and her chef beau married within months of meeting one another and are currently expecting their first child.
“I knew from the beginning that my husband’sbrain was a little different than mine,” Schumer said during the hour-long special. “My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger’s. He has autism spectrum disorder. He’s on the spectrum.”
(Autism spectrum disorder is adevelopmental disorder that affects a person’s communication and behavior, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The “spectrum” portion of the diagnosis comes into play because there is significant variation in type and severity of symptoms different people experience. )
Schumer went on to reveal that there were signs early on in their relationship, but she wasn’t bothered.
“And once he was diagnosed, it dawnedon me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him,” she said. “That’s the truth.”
“He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn’t care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do.”
The comedian recalls Fischer’s response to a fall she had which, in retrospect, should’ve been a tipoff:
“Nine out of 10 people would go, ‘Oh my god, are you OK?'” Schumer said, explaining the incident. “Maybe more like 10 out of 10 people. Instead, my husband […] kind of froze and became a lighthouse, opening and closing his mouth.”
Best of all, Schumer says her husband’s extreme honesty and utter lack of affectation makes him a “dream man.”
“If I say to him, ‘Does this look like shit?’ He’ll go, ‘Yeah, you have a lot of other clothes. Why don’t you wear those?'” says the comedian. “But he can also make me feel more beautiful than anyone ever has in my whole life. And he can’t lie! Isn’t that the dream man?”
Schumer’s haters have taken to Twitter to attack her for her comments about her husband. These tweets by writer and editor Yashar Ali—and the many replies supporting his point—prove that, if anything, Schumer’s candid special has offered more hope than criticism to those with Autism spectrum disorders.
Her post gave me hope. My high-functioning autistic son is attempting dating. He yearns for a girlfriend. It gave me hope.
— Caroline Williams (@WilliCaroline) March 19, 2019
My adult son and daughter are on the spectrum and I pray that one day they will fall in love with someone who accepts them and loves them the way they deserve and understand, someone just like @amyschumer.
— NBAFanGirl (@benandbellablu) March 19, 2019
Amy Schumer disclosing this gives millions of us hope for our own loved ones, that they could someday find love and partners.
— Mme Curie (@MmeScience) March 19, 2019
I crave stories of adults on the spectrum because I can’t picture what my son’s future looks like.
I’ll tell you one thing, though, hearing all those stories makes me so excited for my beautiful child!
— jana babb (@JanaGailWootton) March 19, 2019
Not a huge Amy Schumer comedy fan. But, to those of us that are parents of children on the spectrum hearing about adults on the spectrum finding love is a wonderful thing to hear. Can’t even explain how comforting it is to hear these things. This is what we worry about everyday.
— Michael Huckins (@MichaelEHuck) March 19, 2019
I’m seeing people talking about how Chris should have been the one to talk about his ASD. I’m thinking Chris and Amy talked about her talking about it on stage. pic.twitter.com/Nd1CAGytyO
— Tater “Likely Stoned” Stark (@taterstark) March 19, 2019
Schumer herself took to Instagram to share how grateful she is to Fischer for his openness.
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My special #GROWING is available starting at midnight tonight! Thanks to the editors @kellylyonedit and @cplatas – assistant editor. @florianballhaus the DP @ryanecunningham for all post work. @rayangry for the incredible music @berniekaminski for line producing. @marcusraboydirector for watching my back while I was on stage. @tomlappinn for his camera work @kimmykuppkakes for hair @andrea_tiller for makeup @hatchgal for my dress. All the local Chicago crew from the camera ops to the PAs. Stage manager. @513designstudio for the set!Lighting design by Robert Peterson. Prompter. Everything ran so smooth! Catering to ushers. To the great audience and the people of Chicago. I am very proud of my work on this as the director and that my production company produced this. It was hard work and i was sick and pregnant. Thanks for believing i could do it @netflixisajoke Especially Robbie Lisa and Grig and Ted! Thanks @miacomedy and @janellejamescomedy for getting the crowd right. Thanks berk! Thanks to @mugsykane and @kimcaramele and @mofischhh for helping me every step of the way and telling me if my jokes sucked and slowly manipulating me into doing it at a gorgeous theater instead of a little club. @chicagotheatre is astounding. But more than anyone and im assuming no one is reading this anymore. But thank you to my husband, Chris who has kept me going during this pregnancy. His willingness and desire to be open with the world about himself and our marriage is courageous and beautiful. He makes me laugh more than anyone and he laughs at me more than anyone. I am more than grateful to have found such an amazing partner and best friend. I’m shocked. I didn’t think this love was out there for me. But it was and it is and I can’t wait to spend my life with you and our growing family. This special is dedicated to my friend @clubsodakenny son Doug and to our new baby who will be joining us very very soon.
“But thank you to my husband, Chris, who has kept me going during this pregnancy. His willingness and desire to be open with the world about himself and our marriage is courageous and beautiful,” Schumer wrote. He makes me laugh more than anyone and he laughs at me more than anyone. I am more than grateful to have found such an amazing partner and best friend. I’m shocked. I didn’t think this love was out there for me. But it was and it is, and I can’t wait to spend my life with you and our growing family.”
Schumer and Fischer’s first child is due this spring.